Kids and nature. Kids and bikes. What is more natural than getting a kid on a bike? Bicycling can be a horizon-expanding experience for a young person, giving them a sense of wonder, independence, achievement and fun!
Trips for Kids is the nation’s largest youth development bicycling organization. We have enriched the lives of over 185,000 young people across North America using a simple yet powerful tool – the bicycle. Our first small chapter was started by CNN Hero Marilyn Price in 1988; we have since organically grown to 75 chapters offering free bicycling programs for up to 35,000 youth annually in the US and Canada. Young people aged 10-17, mostly underserved, come to us from neighborhoods, schools, agencies and community organizations. Our Trail Rides, Earn-a-Bike, Mobile, Recyclery and other youth development programs are helping to combat the physical inactivity crisis, promote equitable access to safe places to play and exercise, provide opportunities for physical activity in and out of school, and build self-esteem, personal skills and learn environmental stewardship, thus mentoring youth to achieve better life outcomes.
On August 1, 2017, we launched a new national umbrella organization to focus on supporting the growth and refinement of the organization’s existing and future network of independent chapters, improve program quality and grow the movement to get more kids on bikes and into nature.
Founded in San Rafael, California (Marin County) in 1988, social activist and cycling legend Marilyn Price pioneered the practice of bicycle trail riding to deliver lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the simple act of having fun.
The Trips for Kids Trail Rides Program offers profound new experiences and challenges that can transform attitudes, bolster self-confidence and introduce lifelong values. For some, these rides present pivotal moments of self-discovery that can tip the balance toward healthy lifestyle choices.
The organization expanded dramatically in 1994 with the establishment of the Recyclery Community Bike Shop and Earn-a-Bike program. In addition to providing bikes, parts, clothing, accessories and affordable transportation for Bay Area residents, the Recyclery shop funds much of the Trips for Kids-Marin program costs. Meanwhile, the Earn-a-Bike program teaches youngsters valuable mechanical, bike riding and life skills in a safe and supportive environment, and our Mobile Bike Clinics program brings transformative cycling experiences such as safety lessons, maintenance instruction and trail rides to where the kids are.
By the late 1990's new Trips for Kids chapters began emerging around the country and Canada, inspired by the success of the flagship Trips for Kids-Marin program.